- Gough Whitlam Oration
- What Matters? Writing Competition
- The Economy
- Impacts of High Stakes Testing
- Human Rights and Public Life
- Young People and Democracy
- Federalism and Australian Schooling
- The Impact of Government Contracts
- Past Projects
- Schools Program
Behind the Lines 2012
A Museum of Australian Democracy exhibition hosted in Parramatta by Riverside Theatres and the Whitlam Institute
This exhibition celebrated Australia's wonderful tradition of political cartooning. Published in newspapers, journals and online, cartoons are part of the public record of a nation's political life. Each cartoon was a snapshot of the major events and personalities of the previous year. With wit and wisdom they provided an opportunity to reflect on the state of Australian politics and expose the robust nature of Australian democracy.
The Whitlam Institute presented this exhibition in the Riverside Theatres foyer from 11 April to 27 May 2012.
Friday 27 April
A Poke in the Eye with a Sharp Pencil: Crikey's First Dog on The Moon a.k.a. Andrew Marlton in conversation with Hungry Beast's Dan Ilic
'First Dog on the Moon' is Andrew Marlton, the satirist who draws and writes for the prominent website, Crikey. He says he is the Official (self-appointed) Cartoonist to the Prime Minister and has also found fame and happiness as the author and illustrator of an actual book. It is entitled The Story of the Christmas Story and it is quite good too, if he says so himself, "Having worked as a full-time humourist for what, three years now?" Andrew is the winner of the 2011-12 Museum of Australian Democracy Political Cartoonist Award.
Dan Ilic is a reporter and producer on Andrew Denton's production Hungry Beast. Also a comedian and film maker, Dan came to prominence on The Ronnie Johns Half Hour and famously wrote and produced Beaconsfield: The Musical which created a national uproar when the shock jocks interpreted his stinging attack on the media as an attack on the Beaconsfield miners. Ilic played Alan Jones.
Friday 4 May
A Poke in the Eye with a Sharp Pencil: Acclaimed SMH cartoonist, Alan Moir in conversation with The Chaser's Chris Taylor.
Alan Moir is the multi-award winning and much loved Editorial Cartoonist at The Sydney Morning Herald since 1984. He was born and educated in New Zealand and moved to Australia in the early '70s, taking out Australian citizenship but secretly supporting the All Blacks ever since. He became Editorial Cartoonist for The Bulletin from 1973 to 1979, moving to the Brisbane Courier-Mail from 1979 to 1984.
Chris Taylor is a satirist and comedy writer and a former journalist and radio host. He is a member of The Chaser, a satirical media empire which rivals Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation in all fields except power, influence, popularity and profitability.